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TED Talks “How To Multiply Your Time | Rory Vaden | TEDxDouglasville” on YouTube

Yes, it’s Easter but that doesn’t mean you can’t spare some time for self-improvement! Below is a TED Talks video about time management and a different perspective on procrastination. Enjoy!

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Did you miss these articles?

Perhaps you missed some of these articles from last week. Enjoy!

Brain & Career:
TIME- See How What Makes us Happy has changed in the last 80 years
I couldn’t agree more with this article, but I couldn’t believe which factor dropped so dramatically!

Fast Company – 20 Lessons of Creativity for 2015

Business Insider- 25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Huffington Post- 27-yr old Eleni Antoniadou is going to change the future of medicine. And makes me want to step up my game!

MedPage Today- Celiac Tied to Neuropathy Risk

I started collecting a vast amount of awesome recipes from to where I’m just going to refer you to the whole SkinnyTaste website…every recipe in there looks delicious. You will find a recipe to try & love-promise!

Thanks to the Recommended Readings email from Healthy Living Blogs, I found this podcast: Mindless Eating: Willpower vs. Environment

NG’s THE Plate- Wasabi: More Than Just a Hot Sushi Condiment

NPR- What if Americans Ate Like South Africans and Vise Versa? Can you guess what happened? I bet you can! I laughed out loud when I saw the sample menu, “burger…fries”…Poor things.

Physical Activity: 6 Ways to Make Running a Habit

Refinery 29- Skin Cancer Selfie
Perhaps you’ve seen this all around the media lately. It’s a picture of a girl as she used tanning beds and then after her skin cancer treatments. Scary, but important for young tanning-bed users to see.

TIME- The Best Way to Quit Smoking Isn’t E-Cigs

My new magazine subscriptions: Experience L!fe, Triathelte & also the magazine, Outside.  I really enjoy the variety of their articles. Check them out! 7 Companies with amazingly unique wellness programs

TIME- Why we Accept ‘Dad Bod’ on Rich Men
and then watch the skit from The Daily Show ripping apart the Dad Bod trend from Upworthy. Sorry guys, but the dad bod really is not that attractive 🙂

Thanks for reading,


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A young professional’s advice…

Besides that whole stalking thing, from time to time, Facebook’s news feed shows you high school friends you haven’t talked to in awhile. I was scrolling through my news feed one day and couldn’t help but notice one of my friends from high school, Corinn, was/is just dominating in her marketing career. She was coordinating networking events, receiving awards for her hard work and just looking fanastic. I had to see what she was up to and get some of her insight for those young professionals out there. Enjoy the interview with her!


1. Corinn- tell the blog a little about yourself.

My name is Corinn. I grew up in Waunakee, WI and currently live in Oregon, WI. I attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and received a BS in Marketing with a French minor. I moved back to the Madison area after college because I love this city. There is always so much to do! I landed a job in marketing at Wegner CPAs, a local accounting firm that prides itself on putting people first and being an excellent educational resource for current and future clients. I’ve enjoyed growing in my career over the past 4.5 years and strive to constantly learn new things and expand my knowledge of marketing trends.

Outside of work, I serve on two nonprofit boards. I am currently the Board President of Madison Magnet, a young professionals organization that engages young professionals in the community by collaborating on volunteer, professional development and networking events. Additionally, I serve on the leadership council for the Rosenberry Society, a group of young professional philanthropists for the United Way of Dane County.

When I’m not working on marketing, leading board meetings, or attending networking events, I really enjoy focusing on my health.  I like to hit the gym 3-4 days a week.  In general, I choose running as my cardio since I like to sign up for fun 5Ks throughout the year.

For fun, I enjoy monthly girls’ nights with friends – our goal is to find a fun, new and exciting restaurant or bar and spend a happy hour or dinner together.  More recently, I’ve been into checking out local breweries, craft beer festivals, and winery tours.  It’s a fun way to try out new brews and expand my pallet for wine.

 2. What have you learned about being successful in your 20’s?

Being successful in your 20s is definitely something you have to work at. As a Millennial, you have to overcome the stereotypes of being “lazy” or “entitled” and show people that you have drive and ambition. Your 20s is a decade of transition, from finishing college, to landing your first job, to finding your footing as an “adult” in a fast-paced world. It’s a time to discover who you are and where you want to go.

That being said, this is a time to set goals and make a plan to reach them. I like to have both short-term and long-term goals, always keeping in mind that I can adjust the long-term ones if I need to. It’s important to set professional and personal goals. Even though I work for accountants, I don’t have a “numbers driven” career so I make goals to learn new skills by taking classes and attending conferences. For this year’s personal goal, I want to read all the books on my bookshelves. I have two in my living room and when I moved into my condo, I bought books to fill them up. Now, I am making a point to actually read them instead of just using them for decoration.

Being successful in your 20s means working hard, but also having fun. We’re still young and should be taking advantage of all the world has to offer. You’re successful if you can find a way to balance life and work that makes sense for you. As someone who’s on the verge of upper-twenties, I am still figuring out the balancing act. I’m really good at being busy and having things to do, but that also means I’m really good at filling my own plate. I am learning that to be successful, I need to work on my delegating skills and remember to take breaks and have fun (that’s why I treasure the aforementioned girls nights!)

3. What motivates you to be a healthier you?

I am very self-motivated, which is a trait that comes in handy when working independently. I think what has motivated me the most is my strong support network. My family has always encouraged me to follow my heart and my passions. My friends are great for pushing me and giving honest advice. I owe my passion for running to two great friends who got me started and have become great running buddies! I also have various mentors in my professional life who’ve taught me so much about advancing my career and how important it is to believe in yourself and your ideas.

I am very involved in the Madison community and that stems from wanting to give back to the great city I live in, work in, and enjoy. In my volunteer work, I have a goal to fuel passion in other young professionals for our community, get them engaged, and help them see that they can make a difference.

A healthier me is motivated by that balancing act I mentioned. I want to do great things in my career, but I also want to enjoy life outside of my job. I can’t do both if I’m not maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I try to make healthy food choices, balance out my happy hours, and hit the gym consistently. I also try to get a good amount of sleep. You can’t give 100% if you’re tired. Sleep is one of my health and wellness focuses for this year. I am trying to turn off technology, enjoy a good book, and get 6-8 hours of sleep each night.

4. Any suggestions for those looking to be better bloggers, professionals, etc.?

I actually have a blog, and I was writing 2-3 posts a week, but for the last 8 months or so I took a hiatus.  I wanted to reduce my level of posting and enjoy summer, friends and fun.  That being said, I too much time off and haven’t gotten back to it, and I miss it!  I guess this would be advice I have to take too since it’s never too late to refresh and start writing again!  A blog offered me a creative outlet and a way to express myself.  I would recommend deciding what it is you want to blog about and stick to it – you don’t have to be everything to everyone.  You’ll eventually attract loyal readers based on your topic of choice.  I would rather have an engaged audience than lots of followers who skim my posts and aren’t that interested.

If you’re looking to better yourself in a professional sense, my best advice is to find something you’re passionate about and then dive in!  I can’t tell you how exciting a career in marketing has been for me – it’s an industry that is constantly changing and I enjoy keeping up with it.  Once you find that passion, it becomes easy to motivate yourself and also strive for more!

Corinn P.

Follow me on Twitter –> @coryplo

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Hey, you should read these!

Well, it’s been quite awhile but I’m finally sharing some more published articles from the past few weeks. I was watching my inbox fill up with all of these links I sent myself to share in a future post and it was driving me nuts! A cluttered inbox motivates me to post more often. It’s a sick mind game, really…Anyways, enjoy the articles! I tried to separate them by topic to help you find ones you may be interested more than others.


10 Habits of Successful People from Lifehack. Traits seen in successful individuals, do you have any of these?

Videos to help you with public speaking…there are 8 videos included in this TED Talks series. Even watching one of them will give you some tips & tricks on getting over that stage freight!

A TED Talks intern shares what they learned after watching every TED video….  After reading this, I’m going to just keep on asking questions, no matter how annoyed my friends & family get 😉

How to Look for Emotional Intelligence on Your Team from HBR. Is emotional intelligence the new popular term or what? I keep seeing it everywhere in business articles. Are you familiar with it?

TED Talks: Cognitive Surplus and its effects video

Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work. I found this article through my Flipboard app. If you don’t have the app, I highly suggest you get it!

Physical Activity

Runner’s World Yoga Moves for Runners (scroll down to middle of screen) . I know I need to do some of these!

Athletes & Heat Stroke: New Preventative Measures from Reuters Health Are you familiar with heat strokes and what to do if someone you’re with has one?

Food & Nutrition:

Can you eat TOO healthy? Can healthy eating become an eating disorder? The answer is yes. It breaks my heart how people have taken healthy eating to an extreme and experience a new-er eating disorder, orthorexia. It’s just as bad as any other one. Read more about the healthy eating disorder, Orthorexia, here.

For all you crazy coffee drinkers, Lee from Fit Foodie Finds has this amazing-looking mocha joe coffee & protein recipe that even I (a non-coffee drinker) think looks delicious! Click here for the recipe

Scientists Discover How to Switch off Hunger What, really? I would have linked the direct study from Nature Neuroscience (linked & cited in article) but I like how summarized the findings.

What 5 Days of Junk Food Does to Your Body from TIME. Not too surprised. Video included. This article could go under the Body section, too.

Interested in giving your opinions on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines? Food Politics shows you how to here.


When somebody loses weight, where does the fat go?-BMJ article Before you read the link, where do you think fat goes?

Brown Fat Injections Reverse Weight Gain in Obese Mice-MedPage Today.  Have you heard of brown fat?


Work-Based Wellness Programs Can Reduce Employee Obesity from HealthiestBlog. I love reading more and more of these studies that are coming out. Lifestyle change and adaptation to a healthier life takes time and plus, health really is not as quantifiable as the “big guys” in administration need it to be to prove its impact. For example, how can you measure that someone is less stressed? That they are more organized? Happier at home? It’s difficult, but we’re working on finding ways to prove (numerically)  these changes are beneficial to employers & communities.

And last but not least…

All my friends and family know how much I love writing cards, especially around the holidays. This year I found these cheap pills at Target that turn into creatures when you put them in water. That was a fun holiday-card gift. Anyways, my followers may know how big of a fan I am of Dan Simm’s Irrational Living LLC blog so while I was writing a few cards out to my friends, I wrote him one to thank him for his daily motivation & education. He was really grateful for the card and wrote a post about Thanking People here. I’m really grateful for his shout out. I think it’s time for another round of thank you cards!

Thank you for reading another link-filled post. Let me know if you ever want me to write about a specific topic! I’m always thinking of new topics to write about but I want to hear from YOU, the reader, first.


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